Art in the Age of Berlusconi
Rob Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma
This quintessentially 21st-century travelogue, 29th in the ever- provocative series Fucking Good Art, records artist/editors Rob Hamelijnck & Nienke Terpsma as they explore Italy’s challenging contemporary artistic and political scene in seven cities, from Rome to Palermo to Torino. In a series of rich travel journals incorporating experiences, conversations, texts by Italian artists and extensive black- and-white and color images, the authors paint a picture of Italy’s money- starved and organization-poor cultural system in the wake of media- mogul Silvio Berlusconi’s disastrous, right-wing reign as prime minister. Rome’s edgy Nomas Foundation underwrote this essential book, in which Italy may serve as a warning for the effects of the dramatic cutbacks in funding for cultural programs now being implemented across Europe.
April 2012 / Softcover / 8.25 x 11.75 inches
240 pp / extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-062-4 · Retail Price: $39.95
Nordic Pavilion – 54th Venice Biennial, 2011
Fia Backström, featured in this catalog from the Nordic Pavilion of the 2011 Venice Biennale, has enjoyed increasing international acclaim in recent years. For more than a decade, she has divided her time between Stockholm and New York, participating in numerous exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial in 2008 and MoMA 2010. Backström produces events, environments and projects which challenge our habitual notions of what constitutes an exhibition: its institutional context, the dialogue with the audience, and even the works of art that are presented. Occasionally she incorporates works by other artists into her work. She works with structures around politics, authorship and the capacity of images to generate meaning. Contributions by Goldin + Senneby, Tim Griffin and Cecilia Widenheim.
October 2011 / English & Swedish / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/2 x 11 inches / 150 pp / 80 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-58-0 · Retail Price: $29.95
J. Parker Valentine
Although deeply grounded in drawing, J. Parker Valentine’s diverse practice spans film, video, photography, collage and sculpture. Valentine pushes the limits of mark making in this artist’s book, exploring many possibilities of narrative and image. Rendered on both uncoated and brown paper stock that mimics the artist’s drawing paper and including a selection of reoriented and manipulated images, Fiction offers a sense of Valentine’s improvisatory approach. Also included are three essays: Sculpture Center (NY) curator Mary Ceruti describes Valentine’s lasso sculptures as oscillating between drawing and sculpture; Serralves Museum director Suzanne Cotter touches on Valentine’s interrogation of the limits of drawing as a medium; and Christiane Maria Schneider, curator of Valentine’s exhibition at the Langen Foundation (Neuss, Germany), considers how each of the works presented are affected by the relationships they enter into in situ. Valentine was a 2013 artist in residence at Artpace, San Antonio, Texas.
October 2014 / Exhibition catalog Softcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 115 pp / 60 b&w and 31 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-041-6 · Retail Price: $32.00
2003, Softcover, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
112 pp, 66 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9643821-1-3 · Retail Price: $20.00
Pooh Unplugged, An Unauthorized Memoir
1999, Hardcover, 10 x 7 inches
64 pp, 54 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 1-889195-26-X · Retail Price: $19.95
From the 1970s, artist Rose Finn-Kelcey became a central figure in the emerging communities of performance and feminist art in the UK. The complex thinking embodied in her work has touched on such themes as power and the dilemmas of mastery; the myth of the artist; the gaining of a voice; the deceptions of value; the nature of collaboration; the surrogate performer; spirituality; longing and death. This book, extensively illustrated, is the first comprehensive mono- graph on this artist’s work, documenting more than four decades of Finn-Kelcey’s art. Includes over 150 illustrations and essays by Guy Brett, Sarah Kent and Michael Stanley.
April 2013 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches
216 pp / 43 b&w and 100 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-68-5 · Retail Price: $35.00
Marisol Limon Martinez, Kelly Barrie and Zak Group
October 2007, Softcover, Exhibition Catalog
48 pp, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches
ISBN: 978-1-934500-21-7 · Retail Price: $15.00
An American Abstract Painter?
German-born artist Adolf Fleischmann (1892–1968) was a celebrated abstract painter in the US from the 1950s through the 1960s. He emigrated to the US in 1952 after struggling to survive as an artist through two world wars. In celebration of his rich career, over 100 paintings spanning a 30-year period are beautifully illustrated for the first time in the retrospective catalog and exhibition at Daimler, Berlin (2016), which pairs his New York period (1952–65) with the European works he produced throughout the 1940s. A definitive essay by curator Renate Wiehager contextualizing his work in the American abstract painting scene is followed by several contemporaneous articles discussing the reception of Fleischmann’s work in the US and Europe in the 1950s and 1960s. Rounding out the chronology and bibliography are extensive installation shots from the expansive retrospective. His work resides in collections including the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, MoMA NY , The Whitney, Grey Art Gallery, NYU, and throughout Europe. Contributions by Raymond Bayer, Carlo Belloli, Benedikt Fred Dolbin, Adolf Fleischmann, Sanson Flexor, Roger van Gindertael, Eugen Gomringer, Kurt Leonhard, Thomas Schnalke, Michel Seuphor, Darío Suo and the Daimler curator Renate Wiehager.
DAIMLER CONTEMPORARY, BERLIN
July 2016 / Exhibition catalog /English & German
Hardcover / 8 ½ x 8 ½ in. / 224 pp / 150 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-167-9 · Retail Price: $69.95
William E. Jones
“The most beautiful cosmos is a pile of random sweepings.” This aphorism by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus provided the inspiration for the book Flesh and the Cosmos. Artist and filmmaker William E. Jones’ project, which he calls “automatic illustration,” shows the results of Internet image searches based upon a century’s worth of translations of Heraclitus’ phrase from eight words in Ancient Greek. The images range from the sublime to the ridiculous. The artist, whose work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Wexner Center for the Arts and Tate Modern, writes: “A text from the very beginning of philosophy in the Western tradition … can make the unspoken manias and taboos of contemporary society available to us in a new way.” The fragment has also been the subject of scholarly debate, summarized here in essays by classicists Jonathan Barnes and Richard Fletcher.
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 7 1/2 x 10 inches
112 pp / 96 color
ISBN: 978-0-9891598-3-8 · Retail Price: $35.00
Contemporary Popular Art from the UK
Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane
2006 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
158 pp / 350 color
ISBN: 1-870699-81-5 · Retail Price: $35.00